Raj is a big fan of the Northeast having spent his university years there. He was a regular in Newcastle and regular cites it as one of his favourite cities in the country.
Maybe it’s that unique Geordie charm that won him over. But needless to say we would absolutely recommend the Newcastle and Gateshead area this festive period.
We folks up at NewcastleGateshead got in touch recently to share some of the festive happenings they have planned for the next couple of months. From outdoor ice rinks to Enchanted Parks and of course, a New Year celebration filled with fireworks.
What To Do in NewcastleGateshead This Season
Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Each year the iconic department store unveils a beautiful Christmas themed window and they have created an incredible Christmas Wonderland Department for all of the gifts and decorations.
14-29 November 2015
A truly international Christmas Market with stalls from Germany, France, Belgium, Hollandand Spain. Newcastle City Centre’s Monument area is transformed into a cosmopolitan market place with stalls packed full of unusual Christmas gifts and festive foods including delicious marzipan stollen, Dutch cheeses, plants and bulbs, Belgian chocolates and German sausages.
02-06 December 2015, (Wed, Fri, Sat)
Soak up the festive atmosphere whilst browsing stalls selling everything from alpaca hats and gloves to Christmas cakes, locally brewed beers, fantastic mirrors, beautiful pottery and gorgeous handmade jewellery. The Newcastle Christmas Market incorporates the Farmers Market on Saturday 5 December so shoppers can pick up delicious produce just in time for Christmas from local producers. Santa will make a special appearance at the market and local choirs will add to the Christmas cheer.
12-13 December 2015
Time & Tide Events return for a second year with their Medieval Christmas Market held at Newcastle Castle. Festive stalls with traditional food, drinks, heritage crafts, quality gifts, art, design and decorations. Dressing up is not compulsory but is highly recommended!
Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
14 November 2015-21 February 2016
Ice skating at Times Square in Newcastle city centre, the perfect place for a spot of festive fun with friends and family. The ice rink is open every day except Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Saltwell Park, Gateshead
09- 13 December 2015
NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council’s popular after-dark arts adventure, Enchanted Parks, returns to Gateshead from 9-13 December. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015. Visitors to this year’s Enchanted Parks will enter a dream-like world of flames, fantasy and magical surprises where nothing is quite as it seems.
Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
11-24 December 2015
One of our favourite films! A emotional and beautiful masterpiece. Don’t miss a Night of Good Cheer on 22 Dec, 8pm – a magical screening of the film preceded by a performance by the fabulous jazz- folk collective The Coast Road.
31 December 2015
Approximate timings for the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival Parade:
- From 5:00pm: Music and carnival performance in the streets around Monument.
- From 5:15pm: Parade leaves for Newcastle Civic Centre via Northumberland Street.
- 6pm: Fireworks finale at Newcastle Civic Centre.
New Year’s Eve always signals a time to celebrate, and NewcastleGateshead presents one of the biggest events across the UK with the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival. Returning to its original route, which starts at Newcastle’s Monument from 5pm; the New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival will parade up Northumberland Street to Newcastle Civic Centre for an early evening firework display at 6pm. The theme for this year’s carnival is ‘Dark Streets and Wild Beasts’.
For night owls staying in town to celebrate the stroke of midnight in restaurants, bars and attractions along the quayside, don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks, the perfect end to the New Year’s Eve festivities.
Loads more information over at the NewcastleGateshead website.
Images: copyright NewcastleGateshead.